For the past two seasons of “Gotham,” it seems like Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) was busy trying to figure herself out and what she wanted to do in life.
But when Season 3 rolls about, Richards said Barbara has gotten things sorted out. Best of all, she has started a new club called Sirens with her friend Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), which gave her a renewed sense of purpose.
“Barbara has more ownership of what she's doing in Season 3,” Richards told Comic Book. “Because of the club that we have, we're much more integral to the running of Gotham City and its sort of underworld. So she's kind of owning her space a bit more, which is fantastic.”
Richards said this new development is “brilliant” because it is the first time Barbara ever owned something for herself. “I feel like Barbara had her apartment in the first series, but we kind of figured it wasn’t actually hers, it was probably handed down from her parents; it never really felt like home. Now we have this incredible club that we have made ourselves. It’s so fantastic. The set is incredible,” she gushed.
Of course, not everything will go on smoothly with Tabitha. Even though the two ladies seem to get along, both have strong personalities that will inevitably clash every once in a while.
Richards said they both have “mutual respect,” but also “sort of a slight battle for who is in power.”
“I think if you ask Barbara, she’d say she’s the head of the Sirens, but if you ask Tabitha the same thing, she’d say the same. So it’s good, this playful rivalry,” she explained.
Richards did not discuss Barbara’s romantic prospects. She still seems hung up with her former beau Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), but McKenzie said Gordon is dating someone new this season 3.
“There’s a new love interest for me in Valerie Vale – I think I can say that that’s a love interest. I don’t think it’s much of a surprise. It’s professional, and then not. And [Lee] has a new man as well. So we get to have fun with the kind of love triangle aspect,” he told Comic Book Resources.
TV Line described Valerie as a fearless reporter who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of a good story.
“Gotham” will return on Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. on Fox.